Monkey Marc ‘No Surrender’ feat. Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah & Mista Savona
Australian/UK producer Monkey Marc writes sonically rugged, politically charged music out of his solar-powered shipping container studio in Melbourne, Australia. His music is influenced by early hip hop, reggae, 80s and 90s Jamaican dancehall and an eclectic range of world music.
[ about ]
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Monkey Marc began producing music with a tape machine and a one second sampler in the late 90s, when his passion for bass lead him towards the sounds of jungle, breaks and hip hop. He eventually bought himself a drum machine when he couldn’t find the kind of music that he wanted to listen to.
His love of music and his strong political ideals led him on a wild and adventurous track. In 1998, he co-founded the Labrats solar-powered soundsystem with Izzy Brown, and moved to Lake Eyre in the south Australian desert for several years as part of the blockade of the BHP uranium mine at Roxby Downs. The Labrats Solar Powered Sound System powered parties and events at environmental and social justice protests around Australia in the late 90s and early 2000s. Around this time Monkey Marc also produced several albums by political hip hop crew, Combat Wombat.
In 2006, he established a solar-powered recording studio in a converted shipping container in Melbourne. In 2013, he co-founded the DIY Hi Fi soundsystem, an off-grid, full-range solar-powered soundsystem. He also co-founded and runs the vinyl-focused Digi Killaz label.
Monkey Marc has worked as a community youth worker in remote indigenous communities in the central desert and around Australia over the last 15 years, including an award-winning project with Barkly Shire Council, Barkly Desert Culture. Monkey Marc has worked as a community youth worker in remote indigenous communities in the central desert and around Australia over the last 15 years, including an award-winning project with Barkly Shire Council, Barkly Desert Culture. He has mentored and toured several young indigenous bands including the Desert Sevenz and spends up to six months of the year running music workshops in the outback.
[ music ]
Monkey Marc’s music ranges from instrumental hip hop to dub-infused bass music and reggae, infused with elements of world music and classic boom bap-style hip hop beats.
Monkey Marc has collaborated with UK reggae artists including Roots Manuva, Soom T, YT and Speng Bond, as well as a host of Jamaican reggae artists including Iba Mahr, Dre Island, Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah, Lutan Fyah and Turbulence. He is the producer of political hip hop crew Combat Wombat.
Monkey Marc’s first solo release, As the Market Crashed (Omelette Records 2009), is a journey through instrumental hip-hop, dub and dubstep.
His follow-up EP, Monkey Marc vs The Planet Smashers (2013), was released on Germany’s legendary Leipzig-based underground label Jahtari. The album is equal parts late 90s hip hop and new school dub, faithfully recorded to cassette and dubbed out to the max by Disrupt. It includes a dub of Roots Manuva’s “Who Goes There” from his LP, 4everevolution.
His next LP, Bullets Over Babylon (Renegade Masters 2015), is a collaboration with UK powerhouse Soom T.
Monkey Marc has played in clubs, pubs, festivals, squats and street parties across the planet, including Glastonbury, Fusion Festival, Rainbow Serpent, Big Day Out, Symbiosis, Boom Festival and many more.
[ Indigenous community work ]
For over 15 years, Monkey Marc has worked with indigenous youth and elders running music workshops, using hip hop, reggae and rock music as an outlet for creativity in these remote communities.
Monkey Marc pioneered Transfer of Knowledge projects, which transform traditional Dreamtime stories into modern songs to strengthen, preserve and reinvigorate sacred indigenous knowledge.
He works in remote indigenous communities across Australia including Punmu, Parngurr and Papunya (WA), Kintore, Yuendumu, Nyrripi and Ampliatwatja (NT), Mimili (SA), Palm Island and Arrakoon (QLD) and Wilcania (NSW).